Fire horror in Spain: 13 injured as residents trapped on balconies await rescue

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The fire erupted in a 14-storey building in Spains eastern port city of Valencia, Spain. — AFP
The fire erupted in a 14-storey building in Spain's eastern port city of Valencia, Spain. — AFP 

A massive blaze erupted in two buildings in Valencia, Spain on Thursday. Families were left stranded on balconies, crying for help, as firefighters battled the inferno.

The fire started in a tall building in the middle of the city. Firefighters came quickly, and everyone could see flames from the windows. People were stuck on their balconies, waiting to be saved. Firefighters even used a big crane to rescue people from one balcony.

The fire swiftly spread to an adjacent building, fueled by strong winds reported by Spain's weather agency, Aemet, reaching up to 40mph. 

Black smoke went up in the sky, and it could be seen from far away. About 13 people got hurt, including six firefighters. They had problems like fractures, burns, and breathing in smoke.

Emergency response teams, including soldiers from Spain's Military Emergency Unit, were deployed. Medics established a treatment area on-site to address injuries such as fractures, burns, and smoke inhalation.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez expressed shock and solidarity through social media, pledging assistance to the affected city. 

"I am shocked by the terrible fire in a building in Valencia. I want to convey my solidarity to all the people affected and recognition to all the emergency personnel already deployed at the scene," he stated.

The Prime Minister wants to make sure the city gets all the help it needs.